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Wine and dine on the best regional cuisine at Cottesloe cafe
A collaboration between Albany chef Nic Lancaster from Due South, Mt Barker's 3drops wine owner Joanne Bradbury and Cottesloe's John Street Café are set to bring the taste of the Great Southern to Perth.
The event is part of Taste Great Southern which features more than 30 culinary experiences, primarily based around the Albany region and runs from April 4 to 14.
The five-course feast at John Street Cafe will feature:
On arrival 3drops Blanc de Noir 2017 and 3drops Sauvignon blanc.
Hand-made charcuterie from Great Southern pork, with pickles and bread, served with a 2018 3drops Nebbiolo Rose.
Zuppa di Pesce, a dish that combines Italian cooking techniques and pieces of fish from the daily catch of Great Southern fishers, served with 2017 3drops Riesling.
Scialatielli pasta with fennel and sausage ragout will be served with a 2017 3drops Chardonnay.
Beef rump, beetroot salad will be served with a 2018 3drops Pinot Noir and a 2016 3drops Cabernets.
Dessert will be apple tart with baked fig and fresh cream from Porongurup.
The 3drops wine lineup for the John Street Cafe dinner, all specifically chosen to bring out the best in each course.
He described the 3drops Riesling 2017 ($25, 12%, 94pts) as: "Succulent, rich, delicate, with tight acid structure and prodigious length featuring an abundance of citrus flavours led by lime and orange."
The 3drops Chardonnay 2018 ($25, 13.5%, 93pts) as having "complex aromas and classic varietal flavours like nectarine, peach and grapefruit define this wine, with fresh acidity, a tight linear structure and long finish."
The 3drops Pinot Noir 2018 ($32, 13.5%, 94pts): "This variety thrives in the Great Southern and this wine comes the Patterson's vineyard planted in 1982. Fresh, juicy with strawberry characters on the nose and palate and showing fine tannins."
Albany chef Nic Lancaster from Due South will bring the exquisite tastes of the Great Southern to Cottesloe's John Street Cafe.
The 3drops Cabernets 2016 ($25, 13.5%, 93pts), which Prestipino described as "A blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, there's classic blackberry and blueberry with some vanilla essence influence thanks to French oak integration."
Nic Lancaster is passionate about seasonal produce and his menus are designed to reflect the best of the region at any given time.
He has been head chef at Due South in Albany since it opened in 2014.
He moved from the UK to Perth 12 years ago.
In England, he served his apprenticehip with two star Michelin chef Michael Caines at the Royal Clarence in Exeter and Gidleigh Park in Devon.